Barry Gutierrez

Leni Robredo’s authorized advisor Barry Gutierrez. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.NET

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo is working with the aggrieved households victimized within the “Palit-ulo” scheme to testify towards the federal government authorities.

This amid accusations towards Robredo that she was fabricating tales in regards to the scheme that she first bared in a recorded video message addressed to overseas delegates in a United Nations-sponsored anti-narcotics convention in Vienna, Austria final week.

Barry Gutierrez, Robredo’s authorized advisor and former spokesperson of Mar Roxas’ May 2016 marketing campaign, stated they’ve been encouraging the victims to speak out on the “head swapping” occurring within the poor communities however they feared for his or her life.

“(Our efforts to convince them to speak up) is continuous. Actually, simula pa lang ng humarap sila kay VP nandoon na agad iyong encouragement namin na humarap kayo dahil sa dulo ang solusyon sa problemang ito ay kailangan talagang may tetestigo,” Gutierrez stated in a press convention on Monday in Quezon City.

(Ever since they confronted the VP, we’ve been encouraging them to speak out as a result of ultimately, the answer to this drawback is that they want to testify.)

He stated the victims, who relayed the incident straight to Robredo’s workplace for concern of reprisal, had been keen to testify however had been involved about their safety.

“Right now ang nangingibabaw na kanilang konsiderasyon ay yung sarili nilang proteksyon. Iyong takot na para sa kanilang buhay, iyong takot na baka sila ay buweltahan, iyong takot na baka mamaya iyong kanilang pagsusumbungan iba ‘yung magiging, maglalagay sa kanila sa harm’s way,” he stated.

(Right now, their foremost consideration is their safety. Their concern for his or her lives, the concern that it’s going to come again to them, the concern that possibly the particular person they’re reporting to will put them in hurt’s approach.)

Last week, Robredo in her message revealed the “palit-ulo” scheme involving the police taking hostage the spouse, husband, or relative of a drug suspect who had not surrendered below the PNP’s “Oplan Tokhang” marketing campaign.

For revealing this in her message to the worldwide group, Robredo has been criticized by the allies of President Duterte, even triggering an try to file an impeachment grievance towards her for “betraying public trust.”

Robredo’s camp stated she is keen to face doable impeachment grievance towards her. JE

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Source: inquirer